Interiors lifestyle

Small Bathroom Design Hacks (Rented Spaces)

I spent under £70 and created a nautical themed bathroom suite in my rented apartment.

Often when we’re renting we are limited by the amount of decorating we can do but it doesn’t mean we have to live in squalor, or in a place we’re not at least 95% happy with.

This week, join me as I walk through the before and after of my bathroom decor and I discuss a few things that you can do to decorate on both a budget and in rented accommodation to improve your livelihood.

Let’s be honest, it helps to have a great base to work with and I was lucky enough to find an apartment that featured a neutral bathroom with a hint of cooler tones. Cool tones such as blues and greens all work well in a bathroom, especially if you’re looking for a clinical and clean look.

While planning my design, I considered the rest of my flat and how I had taken inspiration from the nearby sea. I love the sea and being able to live so close reminds me of my hometown so with this in mind, alongside the cooler tones already in the bathroom, I wanted to use nautical themed decor to reflect this.

If you live in the UK and you’re someone constricted to a budget, you will most likely have heard of The Range, Wilkinson’s, or Argos, several lovely budget friendly brands that actually offer some really unique and cost effective pieces. These outlets were close to me and provided the furniture you will see further down the article.

Let’s take a look at what I was working with.

So as you can see, it’s all very neutral, the shower curtain is very plain and the whole thing screams rented accommodation. The whole room was lacking character.

The bathroom featured next to no storage which, with all my toiletries, was definitely something I needed to rectify.

Now I know I’m not going to be winning any interior design awards for my bathroom but with a few simple touches and a freshen up, this bathroom now feels more like a home.

Who would have thought of putting up a picture frame in a bathroom?

My favourite piece here is most definitely the pebble mat as it is so soft and the darker navy colour really adds to the depth of the room.

For a product list please see below.

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored by either brand and I used my own money to purchase the goods.

Product list:

Pebble mat £6.99

Shower curtain £7.99

Under counter storage £35

Boat decor £2.99

Boat painting £6.99

Basket £3

Total spent: £62.96

Obviously there are still a few improvements I want to make (such as more storage and decorative pieces) but overall I’m happy with the update.

I hope you found this article informative and inspiring. Tweet your interior design pictures to me @kirstyawriter.

Until next time.


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